Job op­por­tu­ni­ties as­sist in be­hav­ioral health re­cov­ery

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Peo­ple cur­rently run­ning pro­grams or who are in­ter­ested in start­ing ones fo­cused on ed­u­ca­tion, cul­tural arts, men­tor­ing for youth or adult ed­u­ca­tion and need space to op­er­ate out of, look no fur­ther.

The newly re­con­structed Ken­nard High School Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter and African Amer­i­can His­tory Mu­seum, lo­cated in Cen­tre­ville next to Ken­nard Ele­men­tary School, has avail­able space and is seek­ing com­mu­nity part­ners to host learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity mem­bers. In­tern­ship and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties are also avail­able. The Ken­nard Cen­ter is also avail­able for event or meet­ing rentals.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to sched­ule a meet­ing or event, con­tact Clay­ton Wash­ing­ton at 443-239-2110.

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Ch­ester River As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing an in­for­ma­tive ses­sion on un­der­wa­ter grasses in the Ch­ester River from 10 a.m. to noon Satur­day, July 29 at Buck­ing­ham Wharf Pub­lic Land­ing.

This ac­tiv­ity will in­volve some wad­ing, so bring shoes that can get wet. For more in­for­ma­tion, email lhughes@chester­riveras­so­ci­a­tion.org or call the CRA of­fice at 410-810-7556.

Each year the Ch­ester River has ex­pe­ri­enced more and more growth of un­der­wa­ter grasses that are crit­i­cal to the health of wa­ter­fowl, fish and the river it­self.

Come out to learn about what un­der­wa­ter grasses are, what they do for the Ch­ester, and how to help them grow.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ch­ester River As­so­ci­a­tion, visit chester­riveras­so­ci­a­tion.org or call 410-810-7556.

CH­ESTER — An of­fi­cial do­na­tion site has been set up for vic­tims of the Kent Is­land Tor­nado event which oc­curred on July 24. The col­lec­tion site will be lo­cated at the Kent Is­land United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, in Ch­ester.

Dona­tions will be ac­cepted Mon­day through Fri­days, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. at the church of­fice build­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Pas­tor Amor Woolsey at 410-643-5361 or by email at amor@ki­umc.org At this time, cloth­ing will not be ac­cepted.

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Sat­is­fy­ing em­ploy­ment is a key fac­tor in re­cov­ery for many peo­ple with be­hav­ioral health is­sues. That is why lo­cal busi­nesses are part­ner­ing with Cross­road Com­mu­nity Inc. to pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults and young adults re­cov­er­ing from men­tal ill­ness.

“We have been able to cre­ate amaz­ing re­la­tion­ships with area em­ploy­ers where co-work­ers and su­per­vi­sors take pride in play­ing a role in an in­di­vid­ual’s be­hav­ioral health re­cov­ery,” said Matt Dewey, CCI’s Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor.

Over the past three years, the Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram has seen an in­crease in re­fer­rals from ther­a­pists and com­mu­nity mem­bers who see the ben­e­fit of the pro­gram. A team of five full­time em­ploy­ment spe­cial­ists has as­sisted in 26 new job place­ments in 2016, and eight ad­di­tional place­ments were ob­tained in the first quar­ter of 2017. Ap­prox­i­mately 80 in­di­vid­u­als, who are ei­ther em­ployed or in the process of find­ing jobs, ben­e­fit from this pro­gram, which was li­censed by Mary­land’s Be­hav­ioral Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion as a Men­tal Health Vo­ca­tional Pro­gram in 2002. Cross­roads took an ad­di­tional step in 2009 to achieve fidelity sta­tus as an Ev­i­dence Based Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram. Since 2010 the pro­gram has met the strin­gent Ev­i­denced Based Prac­tice us­ing, ac­cord­ing to Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion, “clin­i­cal ex­per­tise, sci­en­tific ev­i­dence and the in­ter­ests, val­ues and choices of the peo­ple served.”

Lo­cated through­out the five Mid-Shore coun­ties, more than 25 lo­cal busi­nesses par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram, in­clud­ing Lowes of Eas­ton, Red­ner’s Mar­ket, McDon­ald’s, Acme, Hardee’s, Com­merce Street Cream­ery, Har­ris Teeter, Bayleigh Chase, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton, Wal­mart, Royal Farms, Portside Restau­rant, Hy­att Re­sort, Ken­tucky Fried Chicken and Wawa.

“Mean­ing­ful jobs give pur­pose and raise self­es­teem,” ex­plained Sharon Huse­man, a CCI em­ploy­ment spe­cial­ist.

CCI’s Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram builds on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion to em­power in­di­vid­u­als with be­hav­ioral health needs to re­cover and live sat­is­fy­ing and pro­duc­tive lives. CCI’s vo­ca­tional ser­vices are de­signed to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als in choos­ing, ob­tain­ing, and main­tain­ing em­ploy­ment. The Em­ploy­ment Spe­cial­ists work with each per­son to cre­ate a plan based on his/her de­sire to pur­sue em­ploy­ment, as­sist with cre­at­ing a re­sume, and teach job search skills, in­clud­ing how to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions and pre­pare for in­ter­views.

Once em­ploy­ment is gained, the Em­ploy­ment Spe­cial­ists pro­vide job coach­ing on site with on­go­ing sup­port and en­cour­age­ment, help build and main­tain a suc­cess­ful and de­sir­able work en­vi­ron­ment, and ad­vo­cate for ac­com­mo­da­tions, as needed. “Em­ploy­ment also pro­vides many of our con­sumers with an op­por­tu­nity for so­cial­iza­tion in the com­mu­nity,” said Brent Schraf­fen­berger, a CCI Em­ploy­ment Spe­cial­ist.

To be el­i­gi­ble for CCI’s Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram an in­di­vid­ual must be 16 years of age or older; have an Axis 1 be­hav­ioral health di­ag­no­sis; meet med­i­cal ne­ces­sity cri­te­ria; and be ac­tive in be­hav­ioral health treat­ment.

Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s other ser­vices in­clude Psy­chi­atric Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Res­i­den­tial Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Young Adult Pro­gram, Youth Ser­vices, and Case Man­age­ment. In ad­di­tion, a Respite Pro­gram is pro­vided for fam­i­lies by part­ner­ing with trained li­censed foster care fam­i­lies, giv­ing re­lief for both chil­dren and their care­givers.

Serv­ing res­i­dents of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Car­o­line, Tal­bot and Dorch­ester coun­ties, Cross­roads Com­mu­nity has lo­ca­tions in Cen­tre­ville, Ch­ester­town and Cam­bridge. Many of its ser­vices have spe­cific el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram or any of its other ser­vices, call 410-758-3050 or visit www.ccin­con­line.com.

Acme in Cen­tre­ville is one of many lo­cal busi­nesses that of­fers job op­por­tu­ni­ties to Cross­roads Com­mu­nity’s Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants. Em­ploy­ment Spe­cial­ist Brent Schraf­fen­berger, left, meets with Mark Bald­win on site to of­fer on­go­ing sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to help him meet his em­ploy­ment goals.

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